OHIO: The author of a bill to weaken Ohio’s energy law says he’s rewriting it to eliminate some of the more controversial provisions. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

WIND: How one man could be holding back wind development in Nebraska, and Duke Energy will pay $1 million for eagle deaths at two Wyoming wind farms. (Midwest Energy News, Associated Press)

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FRAC SAND: “The sand sharks are circling,” says one opponent, as frac sand mining operations move forward near a popular Illinois state park. (Chicago Tribune)

FRACKING: A report finds the drilling industry has increased contributions to Congressional campaigns 180 percent between 2004 and 2012. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL: Pollution from Bakken oil production starts to migrate into wetlands, families are abandoning an Arkansas neighborhood impacted by a pipeline spill, and North Dakota tries to figure out what to do with radioactive waste from drilling operations. (EnergyWire, InsideClimate News, Fargo Forum)

CLIMATE: International climate negotiators in Warsaw reached an agreement over the weekend, which one advocate describes as “just enough to keep things moving.” (The Hill)

COAL: Ontario’s premier vows to ban coal-fired electricity in the province. (Financial Post)

ETHANOL: Iowa governor Terry Branstad says the EPA’s proposal to lower the renewable fuel mandate amounts to a “war on corn“, and ethanol makers look to increase exports to create new markets for their fuel. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SOLAR: Solar panels provide a teaching tool at a Michigan high school, and a rural Minnesota co-op offers up shares in a community solar project. (Livingston Daily Press, WDAY)

NATURAL GAS: Why natural gas is “a perfect marriage” for renewable power. (National Journal)

TRANSMISSION: At another Iowa hearing on a proposed transmission line, perennial questions arise. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

COMMENTARY: Are electric vehicles reaching a tipping point? (NRDC Switchboard)

CORRECTION: An item in Friday’s digest overstated Iberdrola’s reaction to Ohio SB 58. The company said it would reconsider proposed wind farm projects, not pull out of the state entirely.

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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